Volume 2.1| October 2022

News from the SOM Office of Research
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Message from the Vice Dean for Research

It is a pleasure to introduce our latest edition of the SOMOR newsletter, with important updates for the School of Medicine (SOM) research community. I’m particularly pleased that publication coincides with the annual celebration of Women in Medicine month. As quoted in the accompanying article, I was delighted to learn that I would have so many distinguished female colleagues when I joined UC Davis eleven months ago. 

Equally impressive are accompanying data indicating that five of our current top-ten funded faculty are women. In fact, while women represent 46% of our faculty overall, they represent only 37%, 37% and 40%, respectively, of the Ladder Rank, In-Residence and Clinical X series where Principal Investigators are most typically found. 

Among them is Angela Haczku, who since 2017 has been the Associate Dean for Translational Research for the SOM. We have recently designated Haczku’s position with a new title as the Associate Dean for Research Infrastructure to reflect her responsibilities more closely. In this role, Haczku will design and develop an action plan for SOM core facilities, advise on investments from SOMOR resources, and support efforts to seek joint research training support for residents with the School of Veterinary Medicine.

We are also delighted to announce the addition of another outstanding woman to the SOMOR leadership team, with approval of Rachael Callcut’s appointment as Associate Dean for Data Science and Innovation. Callcut has already made significant contributions on an interim basis as the SOM’s first Chief Research Information Officer, a role that will be folded into her new deanship. She will play an expanded role in directing research informatics efforts and workforce development in data science. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Callcut as she assumes this pivotal position.

I’d also like to give a shout out to the Women in Medicine and Health Sciences group currently led by Dr. Melissa Bauman. The group’s efforts have significantly advanced professional opportunities for women faculty, including the recent milestone of reaching 300 female Full Professors. UC Davis School of Medicine can only thrive with full and equitable participation of all groups. Indeed, a study by Yang et al. recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined 6.6 million papers published across all medical sciences since 2000 and concluded that author teams exhibiting gender diversity published work that was both more novel and more impactful. Further, while the fraction of publications produced by mixed gender teams has grown rapidly, such teams continue to be underrepresented compared to the numbers of men and women in the field. 

These interesting findings should persuade us to re-double our efforts to support the careers of our female colleagues, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also as a strategy to further strengthen the impact that research from UC Davis SOM will have on the future of biomedical science.


Kim E. Barrett

Vice Dean for Research

School of Medicine

Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Membrane Biology


UC Davis reached a major milestone in fiscal year 2021-22, attracting $1.07 billion in external research funding, up by $102.9 million from the previous record set last year. In doing so, UC Davis joins an exclusive group of fewer than 20 public universities in the nation surpassing $1 billion in research funding. A primary contributor to this success was the School of Medicine, which achieved $396 million in extramural funding for the year, a record for the school, as well as the largest contribution to the UC Davis total.

We are thrilled to announce the return of the annual Research Celebration in time to mark this incredible year of achievements. Please join us in celebration at Betty Irene Moore Hall (BIMH) School of Nursing in Sacramento on Wednesday, November 16, from 3:00-5:00 pm.

We hope you celebrate with us this year. As RSVP is required, please register through Eventbrite.



A UC Davis team led by Ted Wun, associate dean for research in the school of medicine, and internal medicine professor Theresa Keegan has been awarded a $15.7 million grant renewal to manage the California Cancer Registry. UC Davis has been awarded the three-year grant to manage this registry by the California Department of Public Health.. The UC Davis team will provide statewide surveillance and IT functions to the registry, as well as collaborate with regional registries and support national cancer initiatives.

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Research Space Oversight

“The demand for research space is unrelenting, if not insatiable.” - 2021 UCDH SOM Research Plan

The Research Space Oversight unit, under the School of Medicine Office of Research (SOMOR), oversees the completion of School of Medicine (SOM) research space assessments, allocations, and provides recommendations regarding current and future research facilities. 

A key accomplishment completed in January of 2021 was the UC Davis Health School of Medicine Research Space Plan (UCDH SOM RSP) report. The UCDH SOM RSP study was a cross-campus collaborative effort to understand the space needs for the research programs on both the Sacramento and Davis Campuses.


Feature: Women in Medicine Month

UC Davis Women in Health and Medical Sciences group offers valuable resources for female health professionals at UC Davis.

We've beencelebrating Women in Medicine Month, a time to reflect on the successes, triumphs - and challenges - of women in the field of medicine.

Vice Dean for Research, Kim E. Barrett and others reflect on the challenges and opportunities for UC Davis' female researchers.


Feature: California Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program

California Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program

UC Davis is a recognized leader in the field of stem cell research. Professor Jan Nolta leads the Institute for Regenerative Cures at UC Davis, a center for physicians, research scientists, biomedical engineers and a range of other experts to collaborate on cutting-edge research on stem cell therapies. The California Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program (CA-UCBCP) is housed under the Institute for Regenerative Cures. This statewide program is administered at UC Davis Health by director Suzanne Pontow, who oversees the collection of cord blood units for public banking and transplantation. This collection of umbilical cord blood has wide-ranging clinical and research benefits and its carefully curated diversity reflects the needs of Californians.


Research News

Research in the News

For all the latest research news, go to the research news page, which aggregates news about School of Medicine research as it is posted.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Resources

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